The goal of a fundraising effort called Preserving Old Westport is to catalogue the significance of buildings such as Kelly's Westport Inn (seen here in 1958), one of the oldest buildings in Westport. The survey would be a first step in discussions around how to protect and preserve the history and unique local flavor of Westport.

How important is preserving the history and character of Westport?

The goal of a fundraising effort called Help Save Old Westport is to catalogue the significance of buildings such as Kelly’s Westport Inn (seen here in 1958), one of the oldest buildings in Westport. The survey would be a first step in ...
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Do you remember these blocks of Coleman Highlands?

In this area of Coleman Highlands, census records from 1920-1940 detail large households of several children headed, most often, by a manager or salesman. Census records from 1920-1940 show a two-block area of Coleman Highlands as a thriving ...
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Current Home Depot site was once Warner Plaza “apartment city”

When it was built in 1926, Warner Plaza was advertised as an “apartment city” stretching from Main Street to Warwick Boulevard south of Linwood. Built of the original site of the home of Senator William Warner, Warner Plaza included two ...
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Small bungalows lined Belleview, Jarboe in 1940

Working-class bungalows along Jarboe Street, seen in these 1940 photos, were home to salesmen, office managers, a water department employee, a car mechanic and others. The West Plaza neighborhood is one of Midtown’s historic areas where ...
Kelly’s Westport Inn, one of the most historically significant buildings in Kansas City, was built in 1985. It served the frontier community as Boone’s Trading Post, and was later used as a drug store, a grocery store, and a hardware store.

Black, white families, church, businesses shared Westport block in early 1900s

Kelly’s Westport Inn, one of the most historically significant buildings in Kansas City, was built in 1850-1. It served the frontier community as Boone’s Trading Post, and was later used as a drug store, a grocery store, and a hardware store. ...
The block in 1885, looking northwest from the corner of Pennsylvania and Westport Road.

On Westport block, frontier history meets early 20th century streetscape

The block in 1885, looking northwest from the corner of Pennsylvania and Westport Road. A recent aerial view of the block, which includes Manor Square, the Char Bar and the Westport Coffeehouse. As one of the oldest parts of Kansas City, the ...
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Top stories of 2016: Midtown neighborhoods rich with history

Since 2012, the Midtown KC Post has been celebrating the history of Kansas City block by block by block. As 2016 draws to a close, our Uncovering History project has spotlighted more than 100 individual blocks of Midtown, and we’re getting ...
The bank at the corner of Westport Road and Broadway looks much the small today as it did in this 1940 photo. The block it occupies looks much the same as well. Although businesses have come and gone, the block has retained much of the same appearance it had in the early 1900s when most of its structures were built.

Do you remember this block of Westport Road from Broadway to Central?

The bank at the corner of Westport Road and Broadway looks much the same today as it did in this 1940 photo. The block it occupies looks much the same as well. Although businesses have come and gone, the block hasn’t changed much since ...

Armour Family left behind their name, legacy in Midtown

Armor Boulevard in 1907 If they hadn’t left behind their name on Armour Boulevard and several neighborhoods south of the Plaza, the Armour family’s brief prominence in Kansas City might easily be forgotten. Best known as part of the Chicago-based ...
In the year 1905, Armour Boulevard was still a wide dirt road, but well-off Kansas City families were moving to the new area called Hyde Park and building modern new mansions.  This photo was taken that year along Armour looking east from Warwick.

The heyday of the block of Armour south to 36th from Walnut to Warwick

In the year 1905, Armour Boulevard was still a wide dirt road, but well-off Kansas City families were moving to the new area called Hyde Park and building modern new mansions. This photo was taken that year along Armour looking east from Warwick. A ...